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rebirth brass band
[jazz and heritage festival]
01.04.29
race track fair grounds
new orleans, louisiana

REMEMBER THIS:
jock-a-mo feena nay

My first trip to the N'Awlins and the annual JazzFest. This set came at the very end of the first weekend of the Fest, and it seemed a fitting way to cap off the three days of music. These guys are one of the top acts of the newer generation of New Orleans brass bands. If you haven't heard them, don't think Salvation Army, think James Brown, P-Funk, and Prince. I once saw them open a Mardi Gras show at the Oakland Arena, but that couldn't hold a candle to seeing them play to the hometown crowd (and some foreigners like us) on the grass and in the bleachers.

BORN AGAIN

FESTIVAL!

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david thomas and two pale boys
[with mark growden's electric pinata and snowmen]
01.04.18
bottom of the hill
san francisco, california

REMEMBER THIS:
No no no. You have it wrong.
It's Money. Product. Handshake.
In that order.
THE QUICK LECTURE I RECEIVED WHEN I TRIED TO BUY A CD FROM DAVID THOMAS

David insisted on beginning at the time specified in his contract, which happened to be during Mark Growden's set. He shouted that he was commencing his performance in the beer garden out back, which he did, while we encircled him, and he closed his eyes to us and played Kathleen.

Honestly, I could have gone home completely satisfried right after that, but I stayed. When you add up the trumpet, the delay, the effects, the koto use of the guitar, the melodeon, the shiny red apron, the poetry, the anger, the truth, the sweat, and the surfer girl, you come up with something larger than 100%. I mean, I kinda lost it.

From the beginning of the set to the end, at an interval of five minutes or so, someone would leave.

I still wonder what they were thinking.

ABOUT 50 PEOPLE WERE WITH ME.

I WANNA TALK TO THE LADIES IN THE AUDIENCE